Ovila Quad - Brandy Barrel Aged
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
ABV:
10.4%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 9.93%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
72
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Dec 28, 2015
Added:
Oct 30, 2012
Wants:
  37
Gots:
  11
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Reviewed by Dodgerrigo77 from California

4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Think I got this Feb 2013 @ City beer SF
Nice pop of cork, minimal gushing.
Nice dark fruit smell, looks like a quad by color or a rootbeer.
Taste is very subtle brandy easy dark fruit taste tones through the nose.
Medium carbonation, surprisingly. Good mouth feel
Really good, 12/28/2015, Im guessing this beer should be consumed very soon, great beer, think I paid $5 during SF beerweek
Dec 28, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Nov 12, 2015
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours quite dark from the bottle to the glass, producing a modest dark tan head with good retention for a barrel aged brew.

Aroma is strong and boozy! Loads of dark fruit come through, with massive bready malts, caramel and brown sugar and toffee, and sweet alcohol throughout. All the traditional aromas of some of the best quads are present in abundance, and the barrel adds nuance vice dominance - in fact, other than perhaps a touch of oak dancing around the edges, it's tough to determine just how much the brandy translates to the aroma, beyond a tinge of alcohol.

Flavor immediately hits full strength: it's sweet and surprisingly sour, like overripe fruit - raisins, plums, and prunes come to mind. The brandy also appears, giving it an overall slight burn and a sweetness different than the malt and yeast. The back end features a more subdued, malty sweetness, hints of oak and even tobacco, and thick, bready malts that are hidden in the first half by the slight sourness.

When I say sour, this is still miles away from a true sour beer. That faint sourness - primarily from the barrel, I'm guessing - is still undeniably part of the experience.

Very full bodied, with a mild sting throughout from the alcohol. It's a beer you can definitely chew and savor.

This is a complex and deep beer. I think my only complaint is that for a barrel aged beer, the brandy represents exceptionally mild. That's also a compliment, in that it certainly doesn't overwhelm the base beer, but if the selling point is that this brew is brandy barrel aged, then I'd prefer more of a presence on the palate.
Sep 13, 2015
 
Rated: 4.04 by Doublechar0517 from Kentucky

Jun 29, 2015
 
Rated: 4.35 by Harvest06 from Oregon

Jan 11, 2015
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
1/2 growler pour from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

dark dark brown/amber, next to no head or lace left on the glass

Toffee, ripe and sweet fruits, chocolate, sherry all come to mind.

Tasty and heady, quality winter night capper kinda brew
Nov 19, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by JamLand from District of Columbia

Nov 18, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by CUBeerBuff from Washington

Nov 17, 2014
 
Rated: 4.72 by PotlandOR from Oregon

Nov 11, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by spycow from Illinois

Oct 26, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by Papa_Lafayette from California

Oct 21, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by HaveUSeenMyCellar from California

Oct 18, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia

Oct 03, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by macesq from California

Sep 30, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by sjrodriguez from California

Sep 27, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by thedankness from California

Aug 12, 2014
 
Rated: 5 by JoelClark from Idaho

Aug 03, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by MarkCraven from Tennessee

Jul 28, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by McNazz from Colorado

Jul 23, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by EliHammett from Minnesota

Jul 21, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by nataku00 from California

Jul 14, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by Gus_13 from Mississippi

Jun 10, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Gobzilla from California

Apr 23, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by belgbeerdrinker from Colorado

Mar 19, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by pcarney8 from Virginia

Mar 19, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by hayesjw from California

Feb 26, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by scottgoblue314 from California

Feb 22, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by mc4z from California

Feb 22, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by Seattle_Suds from Washington

Dec 25, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by EyePeeAyBryan from Arizona

Dec 22, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by nloyless from Texas

Nov 07, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by Drink_LocalSD from California

Nov 05, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by Rasmon from Minnesota

Oct 17, 2013
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Reviewed by BMMillsy from Florida

4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On draft at the top Gainesville. 9 oz snifter. Listed simply as "Barrel Aged", so I am assuming brandy barreled. Pours dark ruby brown, nearly black in the center. Aroma is what seems to be big whiskey barrel and dark fruits, dry oak, more sweet fruits. Sweet dark fruit, black cherry, grape, vanilla, with some sherry-like notes. Medium heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Good stuff and happy to have found this. It's really a nice beer.
Oct 16, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by kwkurdziel from Florida

Aug 29, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by DmanGTR from New York

Jul 20, 2013
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Reviewed by thebigredone from Wisconsin

3.51/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Had on tap at Burnhearts in Milwaukee.

Pours like any other quad, nice head, looks great.

From there on out, things were a touch down hill. Not sure if this was infected or not, but there were some light-moderate sour fruit notes. They were in competition with the darker, sweeter flavors you would expect in a quad.

Overall, not bad, even if slightly infected.
Jul 19, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by DersOne from Wisconsin

Jul 14, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

Jul 09, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by Zbeetleman from California

Jul 09, 2013
Ovila Quad - Brandy Barrel Aged from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 93 ratings